Tesco Bukit Mertajam Offers A Job To A Desperate Father Who Was Caught Stealing

The management is not pressing charges on the man either.

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Stories of people shoplifting is pretty common, especially in hypermarkets and convenience stores and the culprit is most often charged and pinnalised for stealing.

Something pretty similar happened in a popular popular hypermarket in Malaysia but the ending of the story turned out rather differently.

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Last Wednesday, 9 March, a 31-year-old man was caught stealing food items from Tesco Bukit Mertajam in Penang. When the hypermarket's management questioned the man, they found out the sad truth behind his desperate action.

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Mohd Pirdaus Azizan, 31 and unemployed was caught red-handed shoplifting fruits and canned drinks by the security staff monitoring the in-store closed-circuit television system.

Pirdaus was apprehended just as he was walking out of the store.

Mohd Pirdaus Azizan, explained sadly that he had no money to feed his three young children.

To make things worse, his wife was suffering from complications after a miscarriage and was in a comatose state at Bukit Mertajam Hospital's ICU unit.

A distressed Pirdaus explained that his wife, 31-year-old Norfarahiza Salahuddin is currently at the Bukit Mertajam Hospital's ICU as she has suffered from complications after a miscarriage.

As for his children, the youngest is only two years old and the oldest is seven years old.

Pirdaus was apparently a contract worker, but was forced to quit his job due to his wife's sudden illness.

In a sheer act of kindness, the management decided to offer him a job instead of pressing charges on him for stealing

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In a rare show of humanity in this day and age, the hypermarket went a step further and even offered the suspect a job with them.

Police said no action would be taken against the suspect as there was no report lodged against him.

While explaining that Tesco's management does not condone any form of thievery, Bukit Mertajam Tesco mall's managers said that this situation is legit and the man only resorted to stealing out of desperation

In handling the case, Bukit Mertajam Tesco Mall manager Pn. Harlina Arijauddin and Human Resources Manager Pn Nurdiana Ajis opted to exercise humanity upon confirming Pirdaus’ family plight.

“We do not in any way condone shoplifting, however, each case is different. We checked out his story and took pity on his difficult situation. We understand that he simply could not afford to provide food for his family,” said Tesco’s Bukit Mertajam manager.

According to Free Malaysia Today, Piradaus' wife has woken up from coma but the media is yet to know if he has accepted the job offer from Tesco Bukit Mertajam

Good job, Tesco!

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Meanwhile, this young Orang Asli girl was tied and beaten up for allegedly stealing money from one of her teachers:

On a separate note, read about how a Bangladeshi worker's simple act of kindness touched the heart of Marina Mahathir:

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